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Multimedia

(Animation & Graphics)

Career Overview

If you are good at creativity and art, then there is a career for you that would use your skills to optimum level. Multimedia is for people like you who can harness their skills with the mix of technology and produce world-class 3D movies, 3D animation, 2D animation, VFX, etc. The whole fantasy world is in your footsteps, just enter the world.

What is Multimedia?

Multimedia is the field concerned with the computer-controlled integration of text, graphics, drawings, still and moving images. The term "multimedia" was first used in 1965 to describe a performance that combined music, lights, cinema, and performing art. In the history of multimedia development, technological advances have expanded the definition, and people have argued about how exactly the term should be used. Different specialities under Multimedia include Advertising, Designing, Mass Media, etc.

What do Multimedia Designers do?

A multimedia designer has expertise in the field of digital audio and visual media and works to bring words, sound, photos, animation, video, and graphics all together in a multimedia digital presentation.

They may work in one of the following profiles:

  • Multimedia Designer: Multimedia designers create interactive content using special effects, graphics, audio, video and other electronic tools.
  • Animator:  An animator creates animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other media.
  • Animator 3D: They combine 3D art with sophisticated computer technology to design and create 3D motion graphics for science, business, medicine etc.
  • Graphic Artist / Designer: A graphic designer is a visual communicator, someone who creates visual concepts by hand or by using computer software.
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: A visual effects supervisor is responsible for achieving the creative aims of the director and the producers through the use of visual effects.

They can also work as a Graphic designer, art designer, cartoon designer etc.

Figure 1: Salary of different profiles of Multimedia (in INR)

Figure 2: Typical growth trajectory in graphics art and multimedia

Famous personalities in this career

Akshar Pathak: Akshar Pathak (born 20 September 1989) is an artist and a graphic designer who makes Bollywood films posters. His posters are extensively recognized in the digital world and have been featured in more than 90 magazines and newspapers. He has earlier worked with Comic Con India, Happily Unmarried and DSYN. He worked at Zomato for almost three years.

Ram Mohan: Ram Mohan (born 1931) is an Indian animator, title designer and design educator, who is also known as the father of Indian Animation and was a veteran of the Indian animation industry, who started his career at the Cartoon Films Unit, Films Division of India, Government of India in 1956. He is chairman and chief creative officer at Graphiti Multimedia, a Mumbai-based animation company that was established in 1995, and later he also established the Graphiti School of Animation in 2006.

Why may you want to enter into Multimedia?

Key Competencies:

  • Should possess Imagination and creativity.
  • Should possess technological knowledge
  • Analytical skills.
  • A good eye for design, layout, and detail.           
  • Ability to work as a part of the team

Opportunities

Careers in multimedia are growing faster than average, and its growth should continue to keep pace with the new technologies.

Private Sector opportunities: A graduate in Multimedia can go for jobs in various Multimedia companies in India. There are various private sector companies in India like ADS, Zee Group of companies, Sun TV Network, ABP Group, Eros International, New Delhi Television Ltd (NDTV) that offers thousands of Multimedia jobs.

Public Sector opportunities: Fresher Multimedia graduates can apply for jobs in numerous fields under multimedia. After gaining experience & skills, they can get a promotion. Different PSUs like Doordarshan, DigiShala etc. hire Multimedia specialists on a regular basis.

Academic Opportunities: Every College that offers courses on Multimedia has opportunities within academics for the Multimedia specialists who are interested in teaching as well as research.

How do you get into Multimedia?

Multimedia is offered at various levels to all stream students. So anyone with any stream after 12th can opt for Multimedia Degree or Diploma Course.

After the completion of the 12th standard, they either can opt for a diploma degree in multimedia studies/animation or can opt for a graduation in the field of multimedia studies/animation. If at graduation, candidate has not done any multimedia course, still he or she can opt for PG Diploma in Multimedia.

Various public sectors and private sectors jobs are available for the multimedia graduates. They can either get into the work field or continue with their further studies getting a master degree in Multimedia.

List of Prestigious Indian Colleges:

Name

Course name

Private or Govt.

Website

Entry Route

Arena Animation

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.arena-multimedia.com/multimedia-design-program.aspx

12th + College entrance test

Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC)

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.maacindia.com/graphics-design-courses.aspx

12th + College entrance test

National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Govt.

http://www.nid.edu/education/bachelor-design.html

12th + College entrance test

Frameboxx Animation

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.frameboxx.in/~framebox/animation-courses/bsc-degree-in-multimedia.php

12th + College entrance test

Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Govt.

http://www.idc.iitb.ac.in/academics/Bdes-program.html

12th (PCM) + UCEED Exam

IIT Guwahati

B.Des

Govt.

https://www.iitg.ernet.in/design/Admissions.html

12th (PCM) + UCEED Exam

FX School

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.fxschool.in/#

12th + College entrance test

Picasso Animation College

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.picassocollege.com/courses/bsc-in-animation-film-making/

12th + College entrance test

Toonz Academy

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

https://toonzacademy.com/courses.html

12th + College entrance test

School of Animation and Visual Effects

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

http://www.mayabiousacademy.com/school-of-animation-and-visual-effects.php

12th + College entrance test

BIT, Mesra

Bachelors’ in Multimedia

Private

https://www.bitmesra.ac.in/Show_Department?cid=10&deptid=156

12th + College entrance test

List of Prestigious Overseas Colleges

Name of the College/University

Course Name

Country

Website

Entry Route

 

Dakota State University,

Production Animation Program

USA

http://dsu.edu/academics/degrees-and-programs/digital-arts-and-design-production-animation-bs

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

La Roche College, Pittsburgh, USA

 

Bachelors’ in Graphic Design

USA

https://www.laroche.edu/Academics/Academic_Divisions/Design_Division/GRAPHIC_DESIGN/Degrees_and_Certificates/?pid=25

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

New York Institute of Technology

BFA in Animation/ BFA in Graphic Design  

USA

https://www.nyit.edu/programs/digital_art_design

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

California State University Los Angeles Campus

BA in Art

USA

www.calstatela.edu/academic/art/design.php

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

Northeastern University

Multimedia Program

USA

https://www.northeastern.edu/guidelines/multimedia/index.html

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

Murray State University

Graphic Communication Media

USA

http://www.murraystate.edu/gcm/

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

University of Dayton,

 

Bachelor of Fine arts in Graphic Design

USA

https://www.udayton.edu/artssciences/learn/undergraduate/graphic-design-bfa.php

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

Lawrence Technological University,

Bachelor of Fine arts in Graphic Design

USA

https://www.ltu.edu/architecture_and_design/art_design/bfa_graphic_design.asp

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

Johnson and Wales University

Bachelors’ in Graphics Design

USA

https://www.jwu.edu/academics/programs-by-campus/providence-programs/graphic-design-bs.html

12th + SAT + TOEFL/IELTS

How much a degree in Multimedia cost?

The course cost of studying the degree is around 60,000-80,000 INR per year. However, the government colleges cost around 5,000 INR per year and seats are reserved for SCs, STs, and OBCs whose course cost is much lower. The course cost of doing Multimedia from international college costs around 20-30 lacs rupees per annum which is inclusive of residence and food cost. However, the majority of the international colleges offer scholarship programs.